• Transitioning to Post Grad

    The Disney College Program was basically my way of extending college a little bit longer. I loved having the chance to experience of living with other people and having more of a college lifestyle, even after graduation. During the program, I was surrounded by others who were motivated, excited about their future, and interested in the same things as me. We all enjoyed the nightlife in Orlando, were stressed about planning our futures, and were constantly taking advantage of basically living in Disney World. Since coming home, my life has changed drastically. Almost immediately, I got a job processing payments for a company that handles business domains. It is hopefully…

  • Inspections in Chatham

    I am writing post program. However, this was a topic that I wanted to cover because I found it really hard to find information on it before I got to Disney. While I was living in Chatham, I was living in an apartment with seven other girls. It was four bedrooms and two and a half bathrooms. Our rent want about $115 a week. Our first inspection, it was a little difficult to coordinate with everyone in the apartment about what should be done and how we were going to accomplish it. Two of our roommates had already done the program and it was really helpful getting their advice on…

  • How My Exercise Routine Has Held Up During My Program

    It hasn’t. I have never really been a sporty person. However, I have been an avid gym goer for about five years. This summer, though, I really stepped my fitness up into high gear and was exercising about five days a week. I went to a gym where a trainer would lead HIIT workouts and I found this workout really fun and I actually stayed with it the whole summer. Before I started this class, I would normally run every day after work. I would dread this workout every day to the point of getting nauseous until it was done. And, I wouldn’t see much of a difference in weight…

  • Taking a Trip Home

    I have been home twice so far during my program and they both have left me refreshed and excited to go back to work and, more importantly, warm weather. I am originally from Delaware and am able to experience fall when I go home, which has been nice. I also have siblings who are much younger than I am and it is wonderful to come home and visit with them. I try to stay as present in their lives as possible. This trip was very difficult to plan because I was trying to get all of my days off in a row. My location has a lot of rules when…

  • The Seater Position at Hollywood Studios

    From what I’ve heard, the seater position can vary from location to location. This differs from other DCP jobs that I’ve heard about. Merchandise, for example, seems to be pretty consistent in that you sell items and you stock them. There may be slight variations according to location. However, these are the main tasks. The seater position, though, has a few more responsibilities that I originally did not associate with the title of the job. I am a seater at Hollywood and Vinein Hollywood Studios (You can check out my post about how I like working in this park here). It is a character dining experience and an all you…

  • Breakdown of My First Days of the Disney College Program

    This month has gone by extremely fast. Here’s a breakdown of the move-in, training process, work schedule, and days off. In order to get here, I took the Amtrak auto train. Since I’m from the Philly area, it allowed me to get my car here without putting all of the miles on it. On the train, we had a bed and shower in our cabin – that’s also something I couldn’t get in my Bug. After a somewhat jostled night, I arrived to checkin at my housing complex. My Siblings Waving Me Goodbye I am currently living in Chatham Square with seven other roommates. Beforehand, we were given our apartment…

  • Roommate Pairing Trouble That I Ran Into On My Program

    I first applied for the college program with my friend from high school, Ashley. Before I even got into the program, I had decided that I wanted to go random with my rooming situation. I had just spent the last year of college as an RA with my own room. I had also previously had a random roommate, when I returned to school after studying abroad, and it worked out. I have a strong belief that everything happens for the best and I was hoping that this program’s rooming situation would be the same. My thinking process was that rooming separately from Ashley would just allow me a chance to…

  • When I am 80 Years Old . . .

    I have always been pretty good at balancing my school work with my other activities and never feel like I am missing out on anything crucial with my friends or any other experiences. I think that is because I am very proactive and I try not to leave any work that I have until the last minute. I am also very realistic with my time. I know that an assignment will take a certain amount of time and I leave myself a slot in order to get it done efficiently. Here, I am not having a more difficult time planning, per say, but I am more aware of the choices…

  • Paris Trip

    I recently went to Paris for the weekend and it was amazing. Although it was the first trip that I booked, I regretted booking it as soon as I moved into my dorm because I had already been before and especially after I went on the Scotland trip. I was not extremely impressed by that trip but I was hoping Paris would be different because it didn’t require as much driving. The real reason I decided to keep the trip in my schedule was because I couldn’t get my money back if I canceled it. But, I am so glad I decided to go. We did so much. First we…

  • What Kind of Study Abroad Experience Do I Want?

    I am at about the halfway point of my semester abroad and I am really loving it. I am still trying to decide if I want to travel more. Everyone really stressed the importance of traveling on me before I left. The only problem is that I am really loving dorm life here. I find myself not getting very excited when I have a trip planned, although I always have fun. Some of the study abroad girls are traveling to amazing places every weekend, which sounds awesome but that is a lot of time, money, and living out of suitcases. They do get to see new and interesting things and…

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